|CAST||Czech And Slovak Things||
In 1991 a local councillor in my home town of Bridgwater in Somerset started contacts via the Labour Party with the then chairman of the CSSD (Czechoslovak Social Democratic Party) in Uherské Hradište in Moravia. I met him when he visited Bridgwater in the autumn of that year, and had a long conversation with him (over several beers) about life in his country and the people there. I realised that I was completely ignorant about that part of the world and what he said sounded very interesting. I decided that if I had free time the next summer I would go and visit, and this is what I did. I bought a rucksack, a tent, and a bus ticket to Prague, setting off in the last week of April 1992. The first weekend was spent in a cottage in the White Carpathian hills and the next 3 weeks in Prague. I then started travelling around the country moving from town to town every few days. It was so much fun that I didn't go back to Britain until the end of September, and I've been back every year since!